The Blake Prize is a religious art prize, a kind of a holy grail in art awards as it is known for really pushing the boundaries. So to be a finalist in the prize, which only comes around every two years, is just another extraordinary event in this bizarre, crazy year. Ray Monde: a finalist in the Blake Prize 2020 Here’s the official announcement from … Continue reading I’m a finalist in the Blake Prize 2020!
The exhibition After the Fires by Ray Monde opens at Purple Noon Gallery on the one-year anniversary of the devastating bushfires around Braidwood. Continue reading After the Fires opens at Purple Noon Gallery
Take a look at what kind of art that President Trump inspired and where we go next in a Biden Administration. Continue reading Is Trump the most inspiring President for artists?
Earlier in the year I created a sculptural work The Impossible Journey Home. When I found out it was a finalist in the Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize 2020, I thought “I’m going to make more of them!” The things about these works is they remind me of all the things I loved drawing as a kid. The funny little complex worlds where all these little … Continue reading Revisiting the small worlds in my head as kid.
When I was 12, my older brothers moved from the Burrell Creek in rural NSW to the Western Suburbs of Sydney to live and work, eventually settling in South Wentworthville. As a country kid, I thought Parramatta Westfield was the Sydney’s CBD. I thought Sydney was Parramatta. So Parramatta and Blacktown for me were glimpses into a wider world. A world that wasn’t focused on … Continue reading Ray Monde: finalist in the Blacktown Art Prize 2020
A woman walks into a commercial gallery that she passes on her lunch break. There’s an artwork by an new artist called Rothko that she really likes. The price tag, $1360, is beyond her reach but she really wants it. So she talks to the gallery owner about paying it off in instalments. But there’s another hurdle. The artist wants to approve whoever buys his … Continue reading Who is Jinny Wright? You need to know.
After 6 months in COVID-19-induced mothballs, our local Bainbridge Island art museum opened its doors again. It was like walking in the front door of a good friend you haven’t seen for an age. The exhibition Fiber 2020 which has been in suspended animation for half-a-year is finally open to the public and what a crazy, wild diverse exhibition it is. Margaret Chodos-Irvine stitches together … Continue reading Your tongue is a sock: three of my favorite things at Bainbridge Island Art Museum.
“All the king’s horses and all the king’s menCouldn’t put Humpty together again.” It’s been a year of upheaval. Flux and change. Things will never be the same again. Just like humpty dumpty, we can’t put the pieces of this year together in a way that resemble a normal year. And there is no going back to what was. We read the news about change … Continue reading Nothing will ever be the same again.
There are some art prizes that you dream of being finalist in and for me and the Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize is one of them. Working with cherry and walnut wood, card and overpainted paper, this work is called The Impossible Journey Home. Essentially it’s our home in Braidwood, Australia and my brother-in-law’s and his wife’s house in Seattle, USA, separated by impassable mountains. I … Continue reading Ray Monde: a finalist in the 2020 Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize.
Maybe what I am feeling is a COVID-induced high. After six months of being denied access to galleries and museums, they are finally open to us again. It’s like walking into a room where all your favourite people are waiting to embrace you. You know those nights where the evenings just flow? A gentle common choreography, where conversations roll you around the room, like eddies … Continue reading How Chicago stole my art heart: Ramiro Gomez, Paul Heyer, Eva Hesse and André Derain.